With hundreds of recent college grads in our area, many may still be on the hunt of a job! And hiring experts say what's lurking on their social media is now playing a bigger role when company's are considering an applicant. A third of employers admit to turning down people after seeing their social sites. For some job hunting tips, Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey turned to career development director Christina Whitney at the University of Scranton.
Whitney provided the following suggestions for new grads when searching for a job or even for people just looking for a new gig:
- First, google yourself. You need to know what employers know before going into an interview. If you find a questionable past, delete it and replace it with positive information. There are companies that can help you "clean up" your digital footprint. For more information, head here!
- Understand the expectations and viewpoints of the organization that you're applying to. For example, if you're a staunch republican you might not be a fit for a democratic candidate's campaign.
- You can also use social media to help you on the job hunt. The career pros suggest using sites such as LinkedIn to help improve or develop your network.So what are employers finding on social media that’s prompting them to eliminate candidates from consideration? Here's some of the reasons according to a survey from CareerBuilder.com:Job candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information.Job candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs.Job candidates bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee.